Universal Design Lecture with Cynthia Leibrock
November 9 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Wednesday, November 9, 2022 | 5:30pm CT
Collaborative Learning Hall, RM 2235 | Nancy Nicholas Hall
Through design we can guarantee that you will never have to go to a nursing home or assisted living, that you can live in your home for life even if you develop Alzheimer’s Disease. Tour a project in Holland which offers this guarantee and a design research center of aging in Japan. Cynthia Leibrock will inspire you to integrate universal design on all of your projects and present design research from around the world on aging in place.
About The Speaker:
Cynthia Leibrock, MA, ASID, Hon. IIDA is an award winning author, an international lecturer, and a designer with over thirty years of experience. Her mission is to improve health, longevity and life quality through universal design.
She is the principal/founder of EASY ACCESS TO HEALTH, LLC. The firm has offered consulting services in patient centered design, planning for independent living, product analysis, and judiciary witness services. Prominent projects include The Betty Ford Center, the UCLA Medical Center, automotive interior design for Toyota, and a universal design exhibit for the Smithsonian (with Julia Child). In conjunction with Eva Maddox, she completed a showroom for the Kohler Company in which over two million consumers have learned about universal design, and a “living laboratory” in Fort Collins researching the environmental needs of older people.
She offers keynote presentations and workshops internationally, including multiple lectures for many of the Fortune 500 companies. She has served as a lobbyist for people with mental disabilities, as a judiciary witness in accessibility cost estimation, and as a research associate on the dean’s staff at Colorado State University. For the last twenty years she has taught courses in the architecture department at The Harvard University Graduate School of Design and has conducted healthcare design research in Scandinavia, Northern Europe and Japan.
Numerous publications have resulted from her sponsored research including her books Design Details for Health, Beautiful Barrier Free: A Visual Guide to Accessibility, and Beautiful Universal Design, co-authored with James Evan Terry. Because of this work, she has twice been awarded the Polsky Prize for literature.
This event is co-sponsored with the Design Studies Department.